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Case Name Hall v. White IM-AL-0002
Docket / Court 3:07-CV-00484 ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On March 16, 2007, Plaintiff filed a nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against two managers at the Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant in Russellville, Alabama. Plaintiff alleged that Pilgrim's Pride, one of the largest poultry operations in the ... read more >
On March 16, 2007, Plaintiff filed a nationwide class action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against two managers at the Pilgrim's Pride poultry plant in Russellville, Alabama. Plaintiff alleged that Pilgrim's Pride, one of the largest poultry operations in the country, and its predecessor, Gold Kist, Inc., engaged in a massive scheme to hire undocumented immigrants for the express purpose of depressing employee wages. In furtherance of their scheme, the defendants allegedly recruited scores of undocumented immigrants to work in their plants, provided free temporary housing at hotels, provided them transportation to and from work, turned a blind eye to obviously fake work papers, and reprimanded employees for "looking at the papers too closely." The plaintiff further alleged that after the defendants were notified of workers using false social security numbers, the undocumented workers would then simply assume new bogus identities and continue working. The plaintiff alleged that defendants' scheme violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ("RICO"), 18 U.S.C. § 1961 et seq. and the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a), et seq. The plaintiff was represented by private counsel.

On November 29, 2010, the Court (Lynwood Smith) granted Defendants' motion for summary judgment and dismissed with prejudice all claims of Plaintiffs. The Court reasoned that Plaintiffs had not provided sufficient evidence in support of their claims to create a genuine issue of material fact as to whether defendants violated the relevant provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.

On December 24, 2010, Plaintiffs filed a notice of appeal, which was dismissed with prejudice on February 14, 2011. Plaintiffs were directed to pay costs in the amount of $56,607.02.

This case is closed.

Gregory Pitt - 07/17/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Employer sanctions
Employment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961 et seq.
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Defendant(s) Pilgrim's Pride
Pilgrim's Pride Corp.
Plaintiff Description All hourly paid documented workers employed by Gold Kist Inc. and/or Pilgrim's Pride Corp.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
3:07-cv-00484-CLS (N.D. Ala.) 03/10/2011
IM-AL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 03/15/2007
IM-AL-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Order 06/22/2007 (N.D. Ala.)
IM-AL-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
First Amended Class Action Complaint 03/20/2008
IM-AL-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion And Order 11/29/2010 (753 F.Supp.2d 1113) (N.D. Ala.)
IM-AL-0002-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Smith, Charles Lynwood Jr. (N.D. Ala.)
IM-AL-0002-0002 | IM-AL-0002-0005 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bowling, Jeffery L. (Alabama)
IM-AL-0002-0001 | IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Comfort, Robert J (Illinois)
IM-AL-0002-9000
Foster, Howard W. (Illinois)
IM-AL-0002-0001 | IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Galin, Matthew (Illinois)
IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Hutchinson, Jeremy (Arkansas)
IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Lawson, Marshall (South Carolina)
IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Mcreynolds, John (Alabama)
IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Methvin, R. G. Jr. (Alabama)
IM-AL-0002-0001 | IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Patterson, Jack T (Arkansas)
IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Rommel, Sean F (Texas)
IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Stephens, J. Matthew (Alabama)
IM-AL-0002-0001 | IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Wyly, James C (Texas)
IM-AL-0002-0003 | IM-AL-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Andrews, Haley A. (Alabama)
IM-AL-0002-9000
Bailey, Clayton E. (Texas)
IM-AL-0002-9000
Dougherty, Adam (Texas)
IM-AL-0002-9000
Franklin, Samuel H. (Alabama)
IM-AL-0002-9000
Taylor, Mark D. (Texas)
IM-AL-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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